A man has been arrested after a judge and lawyer were among three people shot dead in a court in Milan, the Italian Interior Minister has confirmed. The man was found by police in the town of Vimercate, 25km from Milan, after fleeing on a motorbike and is being held in a military police barracks, Angelino Alfano said. He was named in reports as Claudio Giardiello, a defendant in a bankruptcy case at the Palace of Justice, which is in the historic centre of the city, a few streets from its cathedral and main shops.
We are locked inside our rooms and have been told not to leave. The court is in lockdown, the suspect is moving around the grounds.
Lawyer Marcello Ilia
The gunman shot dead his lawyer and one of his co-defendants first, before walking through the building, going down one floor and killing the judge, prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati said. The president of Milan’s appeals court, Giovanni Canzio, named bankruptcy judge Fernando Ciampi as the one who had been killed. The ANSA news agency identified the lawyer as Lorenzo Alberto Claris Appiani. A second co-defendant was seriously injured, Mr Bruti Liberati said.